Black Rock Labs has been created to help bring Ideas and experience together to become scalable solutions for energy, habitat, water, food, creative reuse, infrastructure, transportation, communications, ecology, and all facets of living and experience that is Burning Man.

If it adds to the betterment of your life at Black Rock City and/or regional events, and is scalable to the world, plant the seed with us, we will help align crew and experience to make innovation happen.

Black Rock Labs is organized as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) innovation technology incubator to accelerate regenerative solutions and networked technologies at Black Rock City, Burning Man Regional events and the world at large. Black Rock Labs supports all stages of products and processes from development to scale.

Join the conversation and contribute to the solutions and innovations emerging though the Burning Man community on the Black Rock Labs Slack.

Looking for Ideas and Experience

Black Rock Labs is looking to help you grow and scale your idea and match those with experience in building and scaling ideas into effective organizations. The next step is simple, tell us and we will put wheels into motion.

    What is your idea?

    Share it with Black Rock Labs below. Tell us about your vision, idea, or innovation project and Black Rock Labs will help you develop the idea, take it to the next level, find collaborators, and community members with the experience you need for success.

      What’s your experience?

      Thank you for being a changemaker. Help others become awesome at developing an idea into a scalable solution and a functioning operation. What expertise can you provide to the Black Rock Labs Innovation Community?

      What We Are Already Doing

      Going to Burning Man? Believe in leaving no trace?

      IDEATE, Black Rock Labs, and Friends have organized a Carbon Offset program for travels to/from, and at Burning Man 2017. The average carbon footprint for an individual attending Burning Man is 1,400 lbs of carbon. The carbon offsets are going to install efficient cookstoves in rural Zambian households that will generate an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions reductions and reducing deforestation and exposure to pollutants.

      Black Rock Labs Energy Fleet One: Will Power, Share Energy

      Some Black Rock Labs volunteers have wrangled Black Rock Solar materials into solar & storage energy systems being packaged for year-round use by the Burning Man community and beyond for events in the Bay Area. Interested in sharing renewable energy systems on and off playa?

      What’s Your Power?

      Black Rock Labs will be at Everywhere asking Burners about generator use at your camp. Don’t know? We’ll figure it out together with hand gestures. The Energy Map is the first digital step to helping energy sharing between camps. Our goal is to make the Energy Map an interactive layer of the MOOP Map. Email us to add your generator information to the Energy Map.

      We’re Here to Help

      We can help any event, BRC or regional, with scientific opinion and analytic insights. Like to contribute to the environmental and regulatory hive mind? Does your regional event conduct environmental analysis or reports, formal or informal? Join the conversation. If you have experience or interest in environmental analytics, statistics, measurements, and reporting, we’d like to hear from you.

      Scope of Our Story

      Black Rock Labs, the evolution of Black Rock Solar, will spur innovation at Black Rock City and beyond. Established to discover, validate, and promote inexpetnsive intelligent solutions such as sensors and biomimicry technologies for smart power, smart water, and smart habitat applications.

      Our focus is technologies that are appropriate, mobile, contextual, distributed, both temporary & permanent. These scalable solutions will be tested at Black Rock City and Regional events, the perfect places to develop and test technologies and solutions for healthy living on our planet

      Black Rock Labs is here to help grow ideas and connect interests & experience. We can help you integrate your ideas into solutions that scale and find the team and community to Invent the Future together.

      Beyond Energy to Sustainable Everything

      Our 2017 activities at Black Rock City are just the beginning of Black Rock Labs efforts to embrace you and your innovation. Black Rock Labs is also looking for those with experience in growing and scaling innovation technologies and organizations to help teams and solutions to be successful (with your magic powers or relevant skill sets)

      We want to hear about your ideas and expertise in all the areas of life-bettering innovations and future projects including, but not limited to:

      Smart Energy Smart Water Smart Habitat Smart Waste - Creative Reuse Smart Refrigeration Food Transportation & Logistics Communications Environment Fashion Health

      Interested in the state of innovation and advanced technologies in the Burning Man community?

      Want to be part of the environmental conversation at Black Rock City?

      Have a cool process you or your camp has been doing forever?

      Like to contribute your mind and brain to sustainable efforts and strategies for Black Rock City?

      Interested in frequent but irregular Black Rock Labs experimental events?

      Interested in joining our community and shaping the definition of innovation and regenerative scalable solutions?

      Get activated and stay in touch


      After 8 years of solar success, 112 built solar installations, 7.4 MW power produced, over 6,500 tons of avoided CO2 emissions per year, and annual savings in excess of $800,000 in electricity costs, in 2017 Black Rock Solar rebranded as Black Rock Labs. Black Rock Labs extends the work of Black Rock Solar to include intelligent energy, water, habitat, and waste solutions.

      Black Rock Labs will multiply the BRS model to create thousands of Black Rock Solar-like organizations aimed at solving the obstacles of healthy living in a leave-no-trace community environment and bridging those solutions into scalable world-changing organizations. Black Rock Labs is creating a platform for Burners to share and develop ideas, facilitate interested teams to coalesce and emerge, and network with the braintrust of the Burning Man community at large.

      For more info, visit the Everywhere Pavilion on playa located at approximately 6:35 and Esplanade.